Gobaby App London Family Christmas Guide
Where are you taking your little ones in London this season?
Gobaby App has a new Holiday Season of this fabulous app for tackling the London with a pushchair. Gobaby lists every Undergournd, Overground and DLR station with four easy to read icons indicating whether any station is step-free; has 10+ steps; requires escalators; or has lifts along with live service updates (read my full review of Gobaby App here). If that is not enough, the app includes over 1,000 changing rooms in various family dining establishments, libraries and shops. The holiday version also lists over 200 Boots pharmacies across London for the cold season. Go on, best £1.49 you will spend.
Fancy a festive night out? Join Kensington Mums at Randa Restaurant Thursday 19th December from 8pm – late. £15 per person for a fantastic Lebanese meal and the chance to mingle with fantastic mums. (Sadly, I will be missing out on the fun I am looking after my poorly father)
Best Free and Affordable-ish Theatre for Children
Royal Opera House: How the Whale Became, based on Ted Hughes’s The Dreamfighter and Other Creation Tales, watch as the secrets of the animal world are explained with singing and music. Tickets £8 – £25, ages 5+. 18th December – 4th January, 12:30, 2p, 5pm and 7pm start times. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame’s beautiful tale told through ballet and gorgeous sets – ages 5+ (the dancing is magical but the production is a bit slow-paced) 18th December – 1st February, tickets £15 – £50. Performances at 2:30 and 7pm.
Half Moon Theatre, 1,2,3 Little Pigs. Come join Krazy Kats Theatre for their two person retelling of this best-loved tale. Ages 3-7, 21 December, 11am and 2pm. Tickets £8
Puppet Theatre Barge, Mr. Rabbit Meets Brer Santa: Moving Stage Marionette Company presents a magical marionette experience for the holidays. Daily from 27th December to 5th January, 3pm. Ages 3+, £8.50 children, £12 adults.
Chelsea Theatre, The Ballad of Rudy: A Christmas play about a Jazz reindeer – what could you be more seasonal than jazz? Live music, original songs and lots of imagination. Ages 3+, 10:30 and 1:30 every day but Mondays – tickets £8
Little Angle Theatre, The Night Before Christmas: Inspired by Clement C. Moore’s poem, this retelling includes singing stockings, riotous reindeer and Santa on the edge. For children ages 3+, with some baby-friendly performances. Tickets £14 adult, £10 child, £44 family ticket.
English National Opera, The Nutcracker. Not really affordable, as tickets start at £29, but this is such a magical production and well-worth the ticket price. 19th December – 5th January, show times 1pm, 2:30 and 7:30pm. Ages 5+
Nitrate-free Sno Iceland Glacier Water
SNO Iceland Glacier Water, the purest water on the market. Now available for home delivery in London. This nitrate-free water, of particular appeal to expectant mothers and infants, is far lower in traces of hormones, caffeine and other dangerous contaminates commonly found in water.
Unique and Convenient Santa’s Grottos
Santa’s Floating Grotto, 21st-23rd December. Join Father Christmas and his elf on a 45 minute canal ride on a festive narrowboat cruising from Kings Cross to Camden and back. Tickets are £5 for adults, £4 for children ages 3-15. Children under 2 go free if they sit in the adults lap. Quintessential London at Christmas if you ask me.
Duke of York Square Santa’s Grotto: I really enjoy this innovative grotto as not only is it free, it allows you to tick the box of visiting Father Christmas without having to queue uncomfortably in a crowded store. You can schedule a time to see Father Christmas or just show up in Duke of York Square and see if they have any availability. You can shop a bit, the kids can play in front of the Saatchi Gallery and then you can all head down The Kings Road for shopping and a play in St. Luke’s Playground.
Monkey Music Chelsea
Monkey Music Chelsea is now offering classes in the gorgeous, spotless, light and airy Coopers Arms on Flood Street in Chelsea. Read more about Monkey Music for you and your child. Please ring 0208 767 9827 or email Chelsea.firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place – regular classes commencing at this venue in January 2014.
Christmas Carols for Families:
St. Paul’s Cathedral, Family Carols: Saturday 21st December, 1pm. Bring the warmly welcomed children to St. Paul’s to listen to carols by performed by the Chamber Choir. The carols will be televised by big screen in Paternostre Square, too.
Westminster Abbey, Crib Service for Families: Head over to Westminster Abbey Tuesday, 24th December for a crib service for families. Noon, all ages, no booking required.
Carols in Trafalgar Square: Weekdays from 4-8pm and weekends from 2-6pm, there will be carol singers in Trafalgar Square through 22nd December. Free, all ages
Museum Activities and Events
National Maritime Museum, Art and Sea Christmas Family Time: head over to The National Maritime Museum and check out the new Nelson exhibit while the kids take part in some wonderful activities: make a tea chest, painting workshop, painting seascapes, create a story and more. December 27th-30th and 2nd and 3rd January.
Natural History Museum, Investigate Room: Do not miss a chance to take your kids to the Investigate Room (ideal for children over 3, check out my review of the Natural History Museum Investigate Room). Open from 3:30 18th and 19th December, open from 11am through the school holidays.
Museum of London Family Events: Head down to the Museum of London for loads of interesting activities for the kids over the school holidays including mudlarking, storytelling, treasure chest making, hands on exhibits and more.
National Gallery Family Events: Magic Carpet for under 5s – Sunday December 29th and Monday 30th December 11am-3pm. Holiday Art Workshops – Sun 29th and Mon 30th December, 11am and repeated 2pm. Great activities for all, no booking but spaces allocated on arrival up to one hour before the session start.
V and A Family Events: Search for treasure and make your own at the Imagination Station, sail to Qatar at the pop-up performances and dive for pearls and design your own jewelry in the computer lab with Digital Kids. Check times, but activities running daily from Sat 28th December – Sun 5th January. Free, all ages
National Gallery Family Events: Saturday 21st December, head over to the Portrait Gallery and watch a screening of The Snowman at 10:30 or 1:30; take part in a family art workshop at 11:30 or 2:30, and enjoy some carols in the square or head over to Covent Garden and enjoy all the fun there.
Camden Arts Centre Make and Do: Come Friday 27th and Saturday 28th December, bring the kids up to Camden and pop in the fabulous Camden Arts Centre for a fabulous artist-led make and do session. 2-4pm free, all ages.Tweet